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kealoha and “toots” paka

kealoha and “toots” paka

Grass Skirts and Steel Guitars: The Wyoming Craze for Hawaiian Music

Hawaiian cowboys, competing at Frontier Days in 1908, kicked off Wyoming’s Hawaiian music (and culture) craze. The “paniolo” dominated the world championships that year. Wyomingites bought ukeleles, phonographs and records and attended Hawaiian plays, musicals, dances and concerts for decades. Interest was still strong well into the 1950s.

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